Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is helping us all keep the faith. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

By the end of this there won’t be a shed in Ireland left unpainted. Both Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh and Brian O’Driscoll have theirs done already, as th(...)

US president Donald Trump and Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference at the White House on Saturday.  Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/CNP/Bloomberg

It’s not easy being a national treasure. “I’m exhausted,” confessed Dr Anthony Fauci when I reached him Thursday evening in the middle of another 18-h(...)

He Xiangdong, China’s ambassador to Ireland, and Irish Times journalist Colm Keena at the ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“Personally,” says the Chinese ambassador to Ireland, He Xiangdong, “I do not accept the word ‘camps’, because it will remind people of the camps at t(...)

Canadian author, journalist and social activist Naomi Klein: “We are in this period of this profound social fragmentation and one of the things that this framework gives us is a sense of common purpose.” Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

If we’re going to save the planet, do we have to get rid of capitalism first? It’s not an abstract question these days. As the traditional political l(...)

George M Cohan and Ida Darling in Broadway Jones in 1917. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

To celebrate Heritage Week, we’re focusing on this year’s theme of “past times” - reflecting on the popular culture which came from the movement of Ir(...)

Even white straight males, widely considered to be the most empowered group in the workforce, are not immune to covering.

At first glance, the most obvious link between Margaret Thatcher and Franklin D Roosevelt is that they were both the leaders of their respective coun(...)

US president Donald Trump  and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands during a meeting at Caen, Normandy, northwestern France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

France will never forget the sacrifice of the Allied troops who liberated it from Nazi Germany, French president Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, the(...)

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, US president Donald Trump and Melania Trump during  commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, England. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth was joined by world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Wednesday, paying person(...)

Theresa May and Donald Trump at Chequers in July 2018. Photograph: Hannah McKay/File Photo/Reuters

Protesters against Donald Trump are expected to shut down parts of central London on Tuesday, the second day of the president’s state visit to Britain(...)

Donald Trump is often said to be unprecedented in American history, and in some respects he is. But not entirely. There is one other demagogue in the(...)

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